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Understanding Colostomy Procedures 

A colostomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to make a temporary or permanent opening for the colon through the abdomen. It may be recommended following an injury or operation to the bowels or intestines. The goal of a colostomy is to provide a way for stool to filter into a bag that is attached to the outside of the abdomen, rather than traveling through the bowels and rectum.

A colostomy may be performed to help address a variety of gastrointestinal issues, including:  

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colorectal cancers or injuries 
  • Diverticulitis and other severe infections
  • Perineum fistulas (an abnormal connection between organs) 
  • A partial or complete bowel blockage

There are two types of colostomy procedures – a temporary procedure and a permanent, or end, procedure. An end colostomy involves attaching the colon to the abdominal wall to form of an opening (or stoma) where stool can empty into a colostomy bag. A temporary colostomy is similar, but also involves creating a corresponding hole in the abdomen to more easily place the colon back in its natural position when the time is right.

Tampa General Hospital’s Endoscopy Center offers advanced treatments and well-rounded care to patients with all types of gastrointestinal issues. In fact, TGH has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18. Our specialists and surgeons collaborate to provide world-class treatment to our patients, who benefit from our individualized approach care for gastrointestinal issues. And, with a high ratio of nurses to patients, TGH is able to provide attentive and personalized care to everyone who walks through our doors.

Contact Tampa General Hospital today if you are experiencing a gastrointestinal issue or have any questions regarding colostomy procedures. If you want to consult with a TGH gastroenterologist regarding a health concern, take advantage of our convenient online Physician Finder or call 1-800-822-3627.